But it's all probably very overwhelming, so I wanted to take some time here to give you guys a better write up as to what exactly is going on and what I'm doing here!
AMERICAN SEWING EXPO
The American Sewing Expo (ASE) is baaaaasically like a "convention" for sewing enthusiasts. It's going to be set up at the Suburban Showcase in Novi, MI, and runs for three days: SEPTEMBER 26-28. There's panels/workshops/events to attend (their registration is currently closed, but entry fees are VERY affordable - I think a one day badge is $14?), there are show type events (fashion shows and such), guests, and of course, a vendor hall.
Now much akin to the Anime and Comic cons we're all used to, the show itself has a vendor hall devoted ENTIRELY to sewing. There are booths from fabric shops like Haberman Fabrics and Vogue fabrics with a ton of fabrics ready to buy (cut to your yardage right there!), there are wool booths, and exotic fabric booths, there are embroidery booths, tool booths, and all sorts of other things I'm NOT remembering off the top of my head. You can see all their Vendors by CLICKING HERE
Classes are very similar to the panels of other cons - these ones tend to lead more towards the Instructional and Make and Takes! I happen to be running a few seminars over the weekend about cosplay (which I'll talk about below)
|I move a lot during my panels. |
This is the least blurry one I could find....
This year, the show itself is having a special "sub-theme" of COSTUMING. With things like cosplay hitting the more mainstream, the show wanted to highlight that sort of thing and try to bring some new(er) sew-ers into the fold!
That's why they're having their very first COSTUME CONTEST. The contest will take place on SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 28th, which is also coincidentally COSTUME DAY. From what I hear there will be a special thing for the first 100 people in costume that day!
I'll be a JUDGE at the contest, and you'll be able to spot me real easy as I'll be dressed like this:
|And nobody was surprised.|
If you like sewing and costuming at all, I'd say the show is definitely worth a visit - it's vastly different feeling than anime cons, and it's refreshing for a breather. Now onto the nitty gritty - the stuff I'LL BE DOING while I'm there.
MY AMERICAN SEWING EXPO SCHEDULE
First off, I'll be doing three different panels over the weekend at multiple times (there might be a fourth I'm helping with, but I'm waiting to hear back).
What Is Cosplay?
Saturday 4:00-5:00 pm
A general overview of what cosplay is, and why it's not so scary. I plan to cover common terms, events, and what to expect as a cosplayer.
Intro to Cosplay Sewing
Friday & Sunday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
My basic panel on how to pick out patterns, fabrics, and generally put together garments as oft times cosplay requires a bit of ingenuity and creativity in mixing & matching patterns, fabrics that do things they shouldn't, and all the other stuff to help your outfit look nice.
Found Item Cosplay
Friday 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
A brand new panel from me, where I go over Found Item (and related, Closet) Cosplay and how to use items you find in your closet or at the goodwill to make quick and inexpensive costumes. (And in some cases, get really creative with your found items!)
ASK THE COSTUME EXPERT
This one was new to me, as this year the show is hosting what is called the "Social Media Lounge". Each day they'll have some time allotted for the costuming guests (I believe there are three of us total), and you can come into the lounge and chat us up about costuming! Don't worry - there's no cost as it's a FREE event once you've got admission to the show!
Friday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Saturday 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sunday 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Sunday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Entry form can be found HERE. There looks to be like there will be categories for experience levels, and will be open to ALL costumes! I'm one of the official judges so if cosplayers enter, know that there's a cosplay representative on the team. :)
Friday-Sunday all day
As one of the costume representatives, the show has allowed me space to display a handful of my favorite costumes I've made over the years. It'll be a pretty big display as they're letting me put up like 8 costumes! So stop by their display area and take a look!
Other than that, when I've got downtime, I'll be wandering the show, takin' pictures and the like. I hope that if you're in the area you consider coming to the show! COSPLAYERS, REPRESENT!